Pioneer Fencing Alumnus Marty Williams Places Ninth at US National Championship

RICHMOND, Va. - Two Sacred Heart men's fencing alumni and a current team member competed last week at the United States Fencing Association Division I National Championships that were held in Richmond, Virginia.  These events are restricted to only those fencers that currently are on the National Points list for Division I. 

Recent graduate Marty Williams placed 9th in saber, which is his highest finish in this event.  Williams was an All- American while fencing at SHU and he was also a four-time First Team All Northeast Fencing Conference selection.  While a high school senior, Williams was the USFA Junior National Saber Champion.  With this result Marty is currently the 24th-ranked saber fencer in the United States. He will compete at the International Saber Grand Prix World Cup event in Chicago next week.

"I am very happy to see Marty doing so well at this elite level again", said head coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel.  "I know that one of his goals is to make the US Olympic team for Rio in 2016.  Marty is an amazing athlete and he is very capable of achieving this goal.  His performances at national and international competitions continue to improve and he is on track to contend for the Olympic team.  We are all pulling for him".

Alumnus Justin Dion placed 42nd in the epee competition and current sophomore Jonathan Jacovino was 57th in this event as well.  Dion is currently ranked 29th in the United States.  Dion will be competing  in May in the epee World Cup event in Paris, France.